We loved our rescue dog "Bo." He was a sweet big dog. He was a great friend, but not that sharp. Any dog who is "skunked" three times just doesn’t have a lot of brain power. One would think the first spray incident would deter any creature from additional encounters with a skunk.
The skunk is a cute little bugger. Striped skunks are about the size of a house cat. They look so cuddly with that white V-shaped stripe running down their backs. Their fur is so shiny. And, that large fluffly tail is just beautiful.
Skunks like to amble along like they do not have a care in the world. Actually, their cares would be few due to that powerful-smelling spray they possess. When sprayed by a skunk, the odor clings to anything that can absorb odors. We had to throw out our leather briefcases and coats. Leather sucks that odor in, and it is there to stay.
Now the striped skunk does warn other creatures to stay away. It will click its teeth, stamp its feet, or even hiss. If the skunk raises its tail, it is time to beat it out of there. A skunk flips its body into a horseshoe shape when it sprays. When a skunk sprays, its eyes remain fixed on the enemy. It squeezes the scent glands located in its rear, and out shoots the smelly liquid. If the straight shot spray method doesn’t work, the skunk will spray to the left, the right, above and below. That smell released by the spray just floats its way around an entire neighborhood.
Stay away from hollow logs or under commercial or residential buildings. They also dig their own little burrows. They sleep all day, so their homes are situated in nice, quiet places.
At night, the skunks are ready to rumble. They engage in a lot of sniffing, looking, poking around, foraging, and examining. They roam for miles until dawn.
Skunks are hardy eaters. They are always hungry after their long daytime sleeping sessions. Fruit, roots, insects, corn, small mammals, nuts, eggs, amphibians, and reptiles are their food of choice. Skunks have a tendency to eat until they can barely move.
In the fall, skunks are quite chubby. Lucky for us, the cold weather makes them sleepy. Winter is when sleeping takes up most of their time. Skunks can lose almost half their weight in winter.
At the end of winter, it is time for male skunks to choose the mother of their children. Babies are born in the spring or early summer, right when humans and pets begin to enjoy outdoor activities. We are moving targets!
Those little baby skunks follow Mommy in single file lines while she hunts for bugs and insects to eat. “Bo,” smart dog that he was, joined the end of the baby skunk line. She knew he wasn’t one of her babies, and sprayed him before we could come to the rescue. Why he decided to become a part of a skunk’s life two more times is beyond us!
Pet stores sell really good de-skunking products for the unfortunates. Tomato juice poured over and rubbed into your pets coat seems to work. I did a Google search on ridding “skunk stink” from your dog. Below is the formula. It kind of worked, but it bleached the black hair on “Bo,” to a light blond. He had beautiful blond highlights. I recommend using this recipe on white or blond-haired dogs. Read more about skunk smell removal at http://lavplourde.tripod.com/skunk/
|1 quart||3% Hydrogen Peroxide|
|1/4 cup||Baking Soda|
|2 tbsp||Dish Detergent. The stuff for washing dishes in the sink, not something for dishwashers.|
|Mix the ingredients in a large bowl, because it will boil up like Vesuvius. We are, after all, making an oxygen generator. Wash the dog with this while it is still foaming, because it is the oxygen which reacts with the thiols in the skunk stink to neutralize the odor. If it sits around, it will loose it’s efficacy because the oxygen boils off. Don’t try to store it in an airtight container, because it will blow up. The brew also works for clothes, humans and unlucky cats.|